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Common flexes his acting chops in AMC’s newest scripted drama “Hell On Wheels.”   The series is a contemporary Western that centers on former Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannon, portrayed by  Anson Mount, whose quest for vengeance has led him to the Union Pacific Railroad’s westward construction of the first transcontinental railroad. Common plays Elam Ferguson, an emancipated slave working to achieve true freedom in a world entrenched in prejudice. Elam struggles to come to terms with who and what he is: half white and half black. He doesn’t feel at home in either world.

“Hell On Wheels” premieres tonight on AMC, 10PM EST.

Watch sneak peek below: